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How exciting – Marche’s very own Sibillini National Park featured in The Guardian. We are so lucky to live and work right next to the stunning Sibillini National Park and enjoy the views of the mountain range every day. This really is a very natural special, unspoilt place, in fact very few people have even heard of it. There are so many excellent agriturismos and restaurants in the area, which are not expensive. For a real treat, take a trip to Il Tiglio and you will be amazed. Hidden in a tiny hilltop village in the Sibillini Mountains, you will be treated to course after course of beautifully prepared food by Enrico the chef. This place certainly does deserve a Michelin Star! If you are looking to stay in the area, check out Marche Owners Direct, a new group of holiday home owners have come together to form a co-operative. They have a large selection of villas, farmhouses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and hotels to suit all needs. Their years of experience between them, provide you with an invaluable guide to the Sibillini Mountains, from truffle hunting to trekking, dining out to wine tours. If you do visit this summer, we are sure you will not be disappointed!
Hiking in the Sibillini Mountains
Luckily enough at The Hideaway, we are very near to Amandola and therefore we are close to The Sibillini National Park and the start of many amazing walks to suit all levels. From 2 hour circular walks, to hiking up Hell’s Gorge, to climbing over 1000 meters to Pilate’s Lake, there are so many interesting hikes. Afterwards relax in Amandola with a gelato or coffee, watching the world go by and reflecting on the day.
Some of our favourites walks include:
Gola dell’Infernaccio – a stunning walk suitable for most levels which is especially great during the summer as you are walking by the river Tenna, waterfalls and through shaded beech woods. Slicing through limestone cliffs, you can take a side path up to the San Leonardo Church, the perfect place for your lunch stop. Originally the church was built by a group of Camaldolesi monks in the 9th centuary, before it was abandonned in the 1500’s.
Then in 1960, Padre Pietro a Cappuccian monk made this his hermitage and started building his own gothic church once more. The church is beautiful but simple and surrounded by nature, this has been his mission for over 40 years and you may even be lucky enough to meet him working on the shurch or growing his own veggies.
Lago di Pilato – slightly more difficult (and you might just ache a little the next day, but it is certainly worth it!) amazing views all round and the most rewarding part of the 1000 meter climb is when Pilates Lake comes in to view. You will pass through beech woods and plateus and make sure you make an early start in summer as it can get quite hot up there.
However, be careful you are not tempted to take a dip in the waters though as they are protected, being the only home in the world where the tiny fairy shrimp Chirocephalus Marchesonii live. The coral coloured shrimp swims tummy up and you may just be able to spot them. In the middle ages there were rumours that devils and ghastly spirits lived up here.
Dogana Loop – further away but well worth the drive – a long (15.5 kms) but easy walk with stunning views over Castelluccio, Monte della Laga and the Piano Grande. Halfway along the walk is the rifugio Colle Le Cese, where you can be refreshed or eat your lunch. Part of the walk is on the Grande Anello dei Sibillini and you will be rewarded at every turn with a new vista. A really beautiful walk with only one slightly steep climb just near the end.
Lama Rosse or Red Blades – take a hike up to these wonderful creations being eroded by the elements into cliffs and pinnacles. You will walk through thick shady woodland and may be mistaken for thinking you have wondered into the Middle East. The walk starts by the beautiful blue Fiastra Lake where you can bathe in the designated swimming areas. Dammed in the 1950’s the lake provides hydro-electric power.
From the Lama Rosse, you can also continue to the Grotta dei Frati, a small cave hidden away in the rocks.
Our favourite publication is Italy’s Sibillini National Park by Gillian Price, a very well written book which is clear and easy to follow and in English!
Walks can also be completed on showshoes, on mountain bikes or horseback.
Walking from The Hideaway, there are so many beautiful places to explore, with stunning views along the way. Today we walked to the tiny hamlet of Marnacchia, just up the road and were rewarded by this amazing sight.
Spring really is a perfect time to explore the beautiful Sibillini Mountains and their surroundings. With birdsong, violets, primroses and woodpeckers all around. http://www.hideawaylemarche.com
We took Jessie Dog up to the mountains the other day and what a fun time she had. She just loved exploring and then had a good roll around in the white stuff.
So many walks up in the Sibillini Mountains and although not all of them are accessible with the snow, there are plenty to choose from anyway. Great skiing at the moment too!
Via Marche Tourism :
Vi auguriamo una buona serata con questa suggestiva immagine del Santuario della Madonna dell’Ambro a Montefortino (FM) coperto da una soave coltre bianca. Immerso nei Monti Sibillini, il suo nome deriva dal fiume Ambro che scivola, silente, nel territorio, accanto al santuario.
Grazie per la foto a Il chioschetto nel bosco
We wish you a good evening with this striking image of the Shrine of Our Lady dell’Ambro Montefortino (FM) covered with a soft white blanket. Nestled in the Monti Sibillini, derives its name from the river that glides Ambro, silent, in the area next to the sanctuary. Thank you for the photo, from the kiosk in the woods.
Madonna dell’Ambro is a beautiful sanctuary nestled in the woods about 20 minutes from The Hideaway. Here you will find many wonderful paintings amongst the peace and quiet of the Church.
Outside, there is the start of some of the most beautiful walks along the side of the waterfalls with the amazing rocks.
On a hot summer day, it is the perfect place to cool off and the waters are just so refreshing. On a Sunday you will find many Italian families picnicking and enjoying life.
The is also a cafe and a small restaurant for refreshments.